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Northern Hunter Gatherers: Research Series

Prehistoric Foragers of the Cis-Baikal, Siberia: Proceedings from the First Conference of the Baikal Archaeology Project


With pleasure we present to the academic community the first volume in the Northern Hunter Gatherers: Research Series. This new publication was established specifically to deal with hunting and gathering peoples from arctic, boreal and sub-boreal regions. Published by the Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press in collaboration with the Baikal Archaeology Project the scope of Northern Hunter-Gatherers: Research Series is interdisciplinary, providing a forum to connect scholars from a wide variety of research areas including archaeology, anthropology, biological and earth sciences, ecology, history, sociology and other social sciences.

The editors are committed to maintaining an international breadth and will translate to English both classic and significant contemporary foreign language studies. Publications will include site reports, monographs, ethnographies, conferences and workshops proceedings, and methodological studies.

The origin of the new series resides with the Baikal Archaeology Project and the support received through the Major Collaborative Research Initiative research grant program from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as the matching funds provided by the University of Alberta including the Canadian Circumpolar Institute. While the scholarly scope of the Baikal Archaeology Project clearly identified the need for a broad interdisciplinary forum for dissemination and stimulation of research on the north, the financial support received from the aforementioned institutions made this initiative possible.

Future volumes in progress include two site monographs describing the Cis-Baikal cemeteries of Khuzhir-Nuge XIV and Lokomotiv, as well as translations of two important Russian language ethnographic studies: The Ethnography of the Katanga Evenkis by Anna A. Sirina, and Evenkian Economy in the Taiga Area of Middle Siberia at the end of the 19th Century, Beginning of the 20th Century by Mikhail G. Turov. The editors of Northern Hunter-Gatherers: Research Series also look forward to receiving future submissions by researchers with similar interests so that this series can live up to its mandate to promote innovative research and to discuss the challenges faced by peoples living in the north, both in the past and the present.

Andrzej. W. Weber
Hugh G. McKenzie


List of Contributors

Andrzej W. Weber (Editor) and Hugh G. McKenzie (Assistant Editor)

Andrzej W. Weber and Hugh G. McKenzie (editors)

1. Current Goals of Mid-Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology in the Lake Baikal Region

Andrzej W. Weber and Robert L. Bettinger

2. The Neolithic of the Ol'khon Region (Lake Baikal)
Olga Ivanovna Goriunova

3. The Neolithic of the Baikal Region on the Basis of Mortuary Materials
Vladimir Ivanovich Bazaliiskii

4. Biogeographic Profile of the Lake Baikal Region, Siberia
Andrzej W. Weber

5. Numerical Modeling of Asian Climate in the Mid-Holocene
Andrew B.G. Bush and Dustin White

6. Mortuary Behaviour and Settlement-Subsistence Systems Among Middle Holocene
Hunter-Gatherers in Cis-Baikal, Russia: an introduction to a theoretical program of work

Hugh G. McKenzie

7. Fish, Flesh, or Fowl: in pursuit of a diet-mobility-climate continuum model in the Cis-Baikal
Joseph A. Ezzo, Andrzej W. Weber, Olga I. Goriunova and Vladimir I. Bazaliiskii

8. Strontium Isotope Tracers in Enamel of Permanent Human Molars Provide New Insights into Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Procurement and Mobility Patterns: A pilot study of a Middle Holocene group from Cis-Baikal
Andrzej W. Weber, Robert A. Creaser, Olga I. Goriunova, Caroline M. Haverkort

9. Molecular Genetic Diversity of Indigenous Siberians: implications for ancient DNA studies of Cis-Baikal archeological populations
Theodore G. Schurr, Ph.D.

10. Mitochondrial DNA and Archaeology: the genetic characterisation of prehistoric Siberian hunter-gatherers
Karen P. Mooder, Theodore G. Schurr and Fiona J. Bamforth, Vladimir I. Bazaliiskii

11. Evenki Forest Hunters. Ethno-archaeology and the archaeological settlement concept
Ole Grøn and Oleg Kuznetsov

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